Save the date for the first annual
Cincinnati, OH Promise Walk for Preeclampsia!
Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM Registration, walk begins at 9:30 AM
Location: Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn, OH 45215 (http://www.greatparks.org/parks/glenwood-gardens/)
Length: 4 hours
Registration is FREE! Please register your team using this site!
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(Deadline: April 20, 2017)
Schedule of events:
8:30 am Registration Opens
9:35 am Opening statements
9:55 am Memorial for those lost to preeclampsia
10:00 am Walk Begins
Silent auction ends at 11:30
Contact: Lauren Doud, email@example.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cincinnatipromisewalk/
This is the first time since 2012 that we've had a Promise Walk in the Tri-State area! We are merging with the West Chester Walk and using a new, central location at the beautiful Glenwood Gardens. We'd love for you to join us to raise awareness and increase research for Preeclampsia, Eclampsia, HELLP Syndrome and Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension!
We are looking for local businesses and media outlets to sponsor our walk. If you, or anyone you know may be interested, please contact Lauren Doud, our coordinator.
Here is our 2017 Mission Family, Nikki Hollander: Cincinnati Mom Making Strides to Raise Awareness of Preeclampsia Nikki Hollander Named the Cincinnati Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Mission Family to Help; Calls Attention to Serious Pregnancy Disorder Affecting Mothers, Babies Melbourne, FL – May 1, 2017
– The Preeclampsia Foundation is pleased to announce that Nikki Hollander and her family are the
Cincinnati Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™
Mission Family. As this year’s face of preeclampsia, Nikki and her family will lead the Promise Walk
campaign by sharing her tragic childbirth story, and encouraging teams around the city to meet or exceed their fundraising goals.
“I have made so many friends within the Preeclampsia Foundation.
When I didn't feel like I could talk to any of my friends or family after losing my daughter I was seeking out someone that knew what I had been through and could relate. I am still friends with so many of the women I met in the forums. I truly think it is the only way I was able to move forward after losing my baby.
They were also my biggest supporters during my pregnancy with my son, which was PE free, but not without multiple complications.”
“My daughter started measuring small at 23 weeks.
I began feeling bad (swelling, intense fatigue) at 24 weeks, but thought it was normal pregnancy stuff since this was my first child….I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and put on bed rest at home, with no explanation of other signs to be aware of. At 26 weeks, 2 days I had what I thought was heartburn all day. Upon arrival [at the emergency room], my blood pressure was 226/116 and I was in kidney and liver failure. I was rushed to a nearby hospital with a NICU and told that I would be delivering. My family was told that I was living on a cliff, and right before I fell off to my death, they would deliver the baby. Ella Jade was born via emergency C-section, due to a significant drop in my blood platelets, on 5/10/07 and weighed 1lb, 3oz and was 11.5in long.
She passed away 3 weeks later due to NEC (Necrotizing Enterocolitis).”
Seeking more information about her family’s traumatic pregnancy experience, Hollander turned to the Preeclampsia Foundation website and the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia
as a source of information and to receive support. The Preeclampsia Foundation is the only national nonprofit patient advocacy organization for the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Through their national fundraising event The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia
, the Preeclampsia Foundation works to achieve its mission to provide patient support and education, raise public awareness, catalyze research and improve health care practices.
Through the Foundation’s educational programs, Nikki and her family were able to learn about preeclampsia, and network with a community of preeclampsia survivors. “I think this experience made my family more appreciative of one another; I know that's how it made me feel.
Although my husband and I are now divorced, we still spend time talking about her and the impact she made on our lives.”
She hopes she can use her family's experience to help others dealing with preeclampsia. “This family is the face of the mission for the Promise Walk
and represent the reason that our Foundation continues working to help save the lives of mothers and their babies,” explained Preeclampsia Foundation Executive Director Eleni Tsigas. Hollander and her family will kick off the festivities and share their inspiring story at the Cincinnati Promise Walk for Preeclampsia
, on May 20, 2017, at Glenwood Gardens in Woodlawn. This is the first Promise Walk in the Cincinnati area since 2012, and festivities will include a silent auction, memorial for those lost to preeclampsia, and a 1-3 mile walk throughout the grounds. www.promisewalk.org/cincinnati. About Preeclampsia:
Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs during pregnancy and the immediate postpartum period, and affects both the mother and the fetus. It is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by elevated blood pressure and protein in the urine; other symptoms may include swelling in the hands and face, headaches, and visual disturbances. Preeclampsia affects the mother's kidneys, liver and other vital organs and, if undetected or untreated, can lead to seizures (eclampsia), cerebral hemorrhage, failure in vital organs and death. The cause of preeclampsia is still not fully understood, and the only cure for the condition begins with delivery. Approximately five to eight percent of pregnancies are affected by preeclampsia, which, in the United States, translates to approximately 300,000 pregnancies. It is a leading cause of preterm birth, and is responsible for approximately 76,000 maternal deaths and half a million infant deaths worldwide annually. There are several types of preeclampsia, including HELLP syndrome, a particularly dangerous variant. About the Preeclampsia Foundation:
The Preeclampsia Foundation is the only national nonprofit patient advocacy organization for the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Through their national fundraising events the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia
™, the Preeclampsia Foundation works to achieve its mission to provide patient support and education, raise public awareness, catalyze research and improve health care practices, envisioning a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies. For more information, visit www.preeclampsia.org